A large pitcher of beer, bubbling champagne, excellent wine and oh! the margarita, mojito, cosmopolitan, rum and coke, whiskey on the rocks, whiskey sour, vodka tonic, breezer…. what would life be without them? DULL! BORING! NO FUN!
Sigh! That beer gives a belly. My friends say that alcohol makes one put on weight. Is booze not supposed to be full of fat?
For starters- beer, wine, spirits DO NOT have any fat in them. Oh yes, you heard me right. They are FAT FREE.
That’s awesome news! That too on a weekend! Lovely! Now I can party with my friends without any guilt.
Hey wait! I never said you wont put on weight with alcohol consumption. With the party season just about to kick in, you’d most probably find yourself on the heavier side by the beginning of the new year, especially if you love parties and love your drink too.
How I wish that vodka not only was fat free but also calorie free! (except that then it would just be plain water, now who wants that?) Alcohol (ethanol) has what we call empty calories. It does not have any other nutrients to go with it. Quick Fact: A pint of beer (180 cals) or a 30 ml of spirits like whiskey, gin, brandy, rum, vodka (65 cals); does not have as many calories as a big burger or a dessert.
If that is the case, then why is drinking associated with weight gain?
What do we consider a party? Good drinks, good food, good appetizers? Aaaah… I love french fries and roasted cashews with a drink! Or may be a caesar salad or cheese balls or grilled sausages or cream cheese veggies or fried nuts… I ll have a vodka with orange juice, rum and coke for me, gin and lemonade. White wine and cheese fondue.. yummm…. and then again, it is so much fun when you hang out with friends and family, have a mad chatter, the booze mellows you a bit and everyone unwinds. And that is where the journey to weight gain begins.
Alcohol is almost never consumed alone. And, hardly does anyone stop at just one pint of beer (why drink at all if you have to stop at just a pint huh? how boring..) Its those empty calories from alcohol, combined with the juices/syrups/cordials that it is mixed with, plus the delicious Hors d’œuvres (appetizers), which paves the guaranteed way to weight gain. Plus, when there is alcohol available in the body, the body uses that first for energy requirements and stops using the body fat till the time more alcohol is coming in. As soon as the amount of alcohol in the blood stream goes beyond the energy requirement, our body processes it to fat and it gets stored. The result is obvious- a heavier you.
Are you trying to tell me that if I want to be healthy and fit I cant have even a glass of wine?
No way, trust me, I would be the last person may be not even the last person, to tell you to do that. In fact, wine is also a good source of antioxidants and an occasional (read as once a week) glass of wine has never done anyone harm (except when you are pregnant or when you are the one driving). But, it is very important to remember the difference between a glass of wine and several glasses (a bottle) of wine. There is a very thin line between one tequila shot and a few more.. which later gets the company of more of its cousins.
And hey, even a good christmas cake has a lot of alcohol in it. So beware! 🙂
Till then, drink responsibly and cheers! Its time to party!